vex·​a·​tion | \ vek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce vexation (audio) \

Definition of vexation

1 : the quality or state of being vexed : irritation
2 : a cause of trouble : affliction
3 : the act of harassing or vexing : troubling

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Examples of vexation in a Sentence

the problems and vexations of everyday life the repeated vexations guaranteed that she wouldn't get any work done
Recent Examples on the Web The #jollofwars have turned Nigerians and Ghanaians from friends to foes, but also united them in their vexation at British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s twist of the famous rice and meat dish. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 17 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, at the Capitol, multiple Democrats piled on with expressions of surprise and vexation at Manchin’s seemingly sudden change of position. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 16 Dec. 2021 Fishing rights have been a growing point of vexation between Britain and the European Union since Britons voted to leave the bloc in 2016. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 And this spluttering vexation is comical coming from a man who is veritably the L. Ron Hubbard of the Churchill cult. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 The owners tend to be torn between a deep sense of pride and a constant vexation. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 And there's the potential for Biden, who has Irish roots, to register his vexation over Johnson's contributions to a straining of the fragile peace in Northern Ireland., 9 June 2021 And naturally, all this vexation just might be blocking the path to love. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Nestled into and around Scott’s tale of vexation are Twilight Zone versions of QAnon, the Proud Boys, the manosphere, neo-Nazis and other bizarre phenomena of our time. Molly Young, Vulture, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vexation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Vexation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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vex·​a·​tion | \ vek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce vexation (audio) \

Kids Definition of vexation

1 : the quality or state of being annoyed by small irritations
2 : the act of bringing trouble, distress, or worry to
3 : a cause of trouble or worry

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